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Planning Your Research Visit

The Manuscripts & Archives Research Library is located in the Old Library - see Maps & Floorplans. See Opening Hours for admission times.


  • All researchers must have a current reader's ticket and an appointment is advisable
  • Reader's tickets are issued at the Admissions Desk of the Berkeley Library on a researcher's initial visit and are valid for one calendar year from the date of issue
  • A valid form of photographic identification is required
  • upon reaching the Manuscripts and Archives Research Library, students must provide a letter of introduction from their college tutor or professor and all new readers are required to complete a research application form

Ordering Material

  • There is one collection of manuscripts each day at 11am, excluding Saturday. For same day consultation, orders must be received before 11am on that day. Material for consultation on Saturday must be ordered during the previous week. Material ordered in advance will be made available from 10am. Readers should ensure that material is identified by the correct reference number
  • Orders can be placed in person, or by email or telephone if identified by the correct reference number. Please note that orders placed by e-mail are not confirmed until replied to


  • Pencils, notepaper and laptop computers are allowed in the Reading Room
  • The use of pens of any kind is prohibited, as is the use of all photographic equipment
  • Seats in the Reading Room may not be reserved in advance
  • Manuscript material may not be borrowed
  • Instruction in the correct handling of original documents will be provided by staff during the initial visit

Disability Access

Please note that due to the historic nature and age of some College buildings there may be restricted access. Please make contact with the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library in advance of your visit so that you can be best accommodated.

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